Signs of Spring

I’m going to Maryland for a week, where it’s much further on in the season already.  So I’ll miss some New England day-by-day spring (what is the word for that again?  Not phylogeny, but like that…calendar-of-incremental-seasonal-change-in-the-landscape?).

Whatever it’s called, here’s some of what I’ve seen in the last 10 days:

–Bluebirds, juncos, purple and house finches, and song sparrows singing, and redwing blackbirds back in force.

–Male-to-male aggression behavior in juncos and robins.

–Early nest-location-oriented behavior in cardinals.

–Skunk cabbage and False Hellebore (Veratrum viride, one of the most poisonous plants in North America) emerging from the swamps.

–Red maple, spicebush, and willow buds swelling and changing color (and stems changing color in the maple and willow).

–Yesterday: heard woodcocks calling at dusk and saw my first deer tick of the year!

Every day is bringing new things at this point.  What else is out there?

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One Response to Signs of Spring

  1. Ben says:

    “Temporal Ontogeny.” If it wasn’t a proper term before, it is one now!

    Also: I remember that pokeberry patch from when I was a wee child. We used to wade out into the deep fields and gather the berries to throw at each other and ‘bake’ into pies, which we also threw. Funny how the most of us put that native inclination to tromp about looking for neat stuff in the back and back aside, as cultural imprinting from emotionally wounded adults kicked in with age. It’s an interesting paradox that pathologically immature adults are so rarely childlike in beneficial ways. Tear up some survey stakes for me, for old times’ sake.

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